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2 0 0 7 -2 0 0 8 The Jewish Studies Program (JSP) at the University of Virginia has been steadily developing over the past few

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The Jewish Studies Program (JSP) at the University of Virginia has been steadily developing over the past few
years. As I begin my first year as Director, I sense the dynamism, urgency, and intellectual activity of the program: JSP
classes are hugely popular, the number of faculty members involved grows, and the academic interests and endeavors
are numerous and diverse.
The University of Virginia has not been traditionally a school with a significant Jewish presence among the
student body and in terms of topics of study. But this has dramatically changed in the last generation. The
demographics of the university have changed with the influx of women, African Americans, and Jews. Topics of
Jewish history have made themselves to the center of public attention and cultural affairs, be it the Middle East, Israel,
or the Holocaust. They join topics that have always been at the center of humanistic education such as bible and
Jewish thought.
Our program offers a magnificent array of topics to explore the worlds of Jewish histories, memories, and
thoughts throughout the centuries. The faculty consists of scholars of religious studies, Jewish ethics and thought,
history, anthropology, sociology, music, literature, languages, the Bible, the Holocaust, and others.The JSP is fortunate
to be especially strong in several key areas: religious tradition and faith; modern Jewish history, memory, and culture;
and the Holocaust. It is worth noting that the University of Virginia offers both Hebrew and Yiddish language
courses to great student demand.
Our program reaches beyond the university. This summer for the first time the Jewish Studies Program is
organizing an exciting new study abroad program in Poland entitled: "Exploring the Jewish World." During the two


Source: Acton, Scott - Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Virginia


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